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Loving ourselves more

Valentine’s day is coming and just like Chet Baker, I think every day is Valentine’s Day. I love seeing candy hearts everywhere because I have a sweet tooth, but on a deeper level, I think it’s a nice reminder to celebrate love in all its shapes and forms, not only the romantic kind. In a … More Loving ourselves more

We broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest, human lotus flower!

Being that my yoga site is called “InnerLotus” – it is only natural that I would be extremely excited to take part in the Asian Art Museum’s effort to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest, human lotus flower! Yes! Hooray! I am there! We gathered on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at … More We broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest, human lotus flower!

Attitude of the practice

When we take a yoga class, emphasis is typically placed on the physical posture. We also see this promoted on the cover of yoga magazines, articles and books. Unfortunately this emphasis on only the physical aspect – creeps into our personal practice in class and at home. If we want to truly go “deeper” in … More Attitude of the practice

Yoga Exhibit, Asian Art Museum

April 12, 2014 – Namaste and many thanks to my students who accompanied me and our wonderful guide Billy, on a private tour of the Asian Art Museum’s Yoga exhibit. They told me it is the first exhibit of its kind that attempts to show through multi-media artifacts how perspectives of yoga have transformed through … More Yoga Exhibit, Asian Art Museum

Healing Waters

When I think about the holiday season in winter, I do not feel the drive the be social and outgoing. Instead I feel like it is a time to go inward. To reflect on the year and to renew my spirit for the coming year. I often feel like a little bear who wants to … More Healing Waters

Yoga on the road

Over the holidays and New Years break I hit the road to southern California. Sometimes breaking out of my daily environment helps me to see life clearly and creates a new space for reflection. Doing yoga on the road however can be a challenge. I usually bring a travel mat with me and try to … More Yoga on the road

Jennifer’s yoga white boards

Here is my latest yoga white board. I have been using these illustrations in class lately to explain various concepts of yoga philosophy. Simple diagrams help me to understand because I am a visual person: At first glance, these diagrams appear to be very simple concepts, but in my experience, upon closer examination, they are … More Jennifer’s yoga white boards

Ways to raise your Prana

In yoga, the word “Prana” means our “Vital life force energy.” In Chinese medicine they call this force “Chi” or “Qi” and in Japanese – “Ki” as in “Reiki” energy-healing practices. Prana is a comparable term in Indian medicine. Prana energy is crucial to our experience of overall health and a sense of wellbeing. It … More Ways to raise your Prana

The 7 Chakras – Energy Wheels

The Chakra system is part of the “Pranamaya Kosha” – our vital energy body (see post on the 5 koshas). The word Chakra means “wheel” or “vortex” – which can be a useful visualization of the seven energetic centers along the spine. The gross form of the chakras are the nervous and circulatory systems. Our … More The 7 Chakras – Energy Wheels

The 5 Prana Vayus – the 5 Winds

Prana – The Vital Life Force energy. The Prana Vayus (the five winds), are subtle channels in which prana is distributed throughout our being. Below is a brief summary: Prana Vayu – Felt and distributed by the Inhalation and organs of respiration from the heart to the throat (upward flow of prana) Apana Vayu – … More The 5 Prana Vayus – the 5 Winds

The 3 Nadis

As we start to focus on the breath, Prana – our vital life force, we’re drawn to the subtle aspects of ourselves. Breathing through the right and left nostrils, Ida and Pingala Nadi, have profound affects on our energy and mind state which fluctuates throughout the day. A Nadi is an energy channel. There are … More The 3 Nadis

The 5 Koshas – Sheaths

The 5 Koshas (Sheaths) are a great way to examine our practice and develop our “witness consciousness,” in the beginning stages of the practice. Like many paths and lists that lead the way for a practitioner, we learn it, become aware and then hopefully move on to experience all 5 levels and beyond! In my personal … More The 5 Koshas – Sheaths

The 8 Limbs – The Tree of Yoga

The Path of Yoga was first laid out in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Sutra = “threads”) written in Sanskrit in the second century B.C. It is the first book to attempt to communicate the actual practice of yoga. There are many interpretations of it. I like the translation by Swami Satchidananda from Integral Yoga school. They also print … More The 8 Limbs – The Tree of Yoga